Cottonwood Falls, Kan., suffers from woefully bad Internet connections. The Internet is so slow and unreliable that it has begun to affect the local economy. There are federal programs designed to help rural communities obtain broadband networks, but experts say these programs have struggled to provide adequate solutions. As a result, the local government in Cottonwood Falls is working to craft its own solution. A task force has suggested a $10 million grant program administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Officials believe that money could be used to help build broadband networks in the area.
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